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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC HEALTHWISE May 5, 2017 15 CAMP INDEPENDENCE: SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS AND LIFEGUARDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE'S LIFE! Counselors and Lifeguards needed for Camp Independence, a one-week recreational summer camp for adults with physical disabilities. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, enthusiastic, responsible, and enjoy working with adults. Dates of camp are August 18 - 26, 2017. Salary, room and board, and a very personally rewarding experience! For information contact: Bay Cliff Health Camp at (906) 345-9314 or baycliff@baycliff.org, or visit us at www.baycliff.org or www.facebook.com/baycliff SUMMER CAMP EMPLOYMENT: COUNSELORS, NURSES, LIFEGUARDS AND ACTIVITY INSTRUCTORS are needed for summer camp for children with disabilities. Located on the shores of Lake Superior in Big Bay, MI. Must be enthusiastic, responsible, and love children. Camp dates are June 11 through August 6. Earlier start dates and later end dates are possible. Salary, room and board, and a wonderfully rewarding experience provided. For information contact: Bay Cliff Health Camp at (906) 345-9314 or baycliff@baycliff.org, or visit us at www.baycliff.org or www.facebook.com/baycliff FROM PAGE 12 desiretostop.Thisstageisverydi- cult and can be very traumatic for all persons involved, but is necessary for any kind of recovery to begin. It is the big event that gets everything moving. Also, after the first stage begins a person must begin treating the addic- tion like a disease. Just like when you are first diagnosed with diabetes; you have to immediately begin treating it by taking your medicine and eating right and exercising. If you dont treat your diabetes its going to eventually kill you. It's no different with addiction. If you dont take care of it, it will kill you. For an addiction, every persons treatment plan will be different, but there are common treatments that are usually for all. The most important is absence from the drug of choice. I cant gamble, period! If I am going to get better I just cant do this anymore. Also, you should be involved in some kind of a recovery program, whether it be an Anonymous Group, seeing a counselor, having a sponsor, or going to a treat- ment center. I was lucky enough to go to a treatment center, which helped me tremendously. Unfortunately not every- one is able to go to one of these places, but if it is possible it can help a person with an addiction. When you begin taking your disease seriously, thus begins the rest of your life of recovery. Its a lot of hard work, but if you take it seriously your life can get so much better. I know my life is a whole lot better. One of the things that I havent really mentioned is the spiritual component to this. This is very important and is different for each person, but in a twelve step recovery program it talks about having a higher power that helps you, and for many people including myself, it is God. God is and should be the center of our lives. Everything good and holy flows from him. We can't do anything without God. Also, other people that you trust can be a tremendous support. I have a lov- ing family that has been so kind to me. I have a lot of priest friends who have been supportive as well. But the most supportive group I have is people who have struggled with the same disease that I have. The only people who can really understand your struggles are the ones who have been down that same road. Also, if you have been affected by a family member or friend who has struggled with an addiction, there are so many programs that can help you as well, like Al-a-non and Gam-in-on to name a few. Today let us pray for those who struggle with an addiction and for their families. Also, we pray that God will help those who are living a path of re- covery; that they may live a life of peace and serenity. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Cour- age to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. Just for today! After preaching on this at Mass, many peopleaskedmeifitwasdicultto share. I told them that its my new life and if my story helps just one person that would be great. I am a firm believ- er that God makes good things come out of bad. If anyone is struggling with an addic- tion, especially a gambling addiction, I would be happy to speak with you. If you dont know where to turn, I can be an option for you. My phone number is (906) 428-3199 and my email address is briancgerber@hotmail.com. WHEN YOU BEGIN TAKING YOUR DISEASE SERIOUSLY, THUS BEGINS THE REST OF YOUR LIFE OF RECOVERY. IT'S A LOT OF HARD WORK, BUT IF YOU TAKE IT SERIOUSLY YOUR LIFE CAN GET SO MUCH BETTER. ADDICTIONS: Getting the assistance needed Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wicked- ness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seek- ing the ruin of souls. Amen. Read more: http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/ prayers/

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